Japan gives up court battles over recognition of A-bomb illnesses

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 15:55

Tokyo: The government has withdrawn its
appeals today against court decisions that recognised 38
people as suffering from radiation-related illnesses linked to
the 1945 atomic bombings following a recent agreement with
plaintiffs.

Officials of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
said it would soon start procedures for the 38 to be certified
as patients of diseases deriving from the bombings of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

The state lost 19 straight lawsuits filed across the
country over the certification issue, with the latest defeat
at the Kumamoto District Court on Aug 3.

The government appeals involving the 38 plaintiffs had
been filed with five high courts in Hiroshima, Fukuoka,
Sapporo, Nagoya and Takamat Su.

The latest move comes after Prime Minister Taro Aso
signed an agreement last Thursday, the 64th anniversary of
the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, under which the government
will provide a blanket resolution to all 306 plaintiffs who
sought recognition as A-bomb sufferers.

The appeal withdrawals have left 63 of the plaintiffs
uncertified, including 48 who are awaiting lower court
rulings. The other 15, who have lost their suits, are
expected to receive relief using a new government fund.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 15:55
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